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Don’t miss out on any of the events in store this month.
Compiled by Bradley Donalson

It’s that time of year again—Pride Month! Get ready for the festival, the parade, fashion shows, parties, and more. Celebrate the community and diversity in Houston with the 37th annual month dedicated to rejoicing in who we are. Let your true colors shine during these events throughout the month culminating in the parade on the 27th. Visit us at OutSmartMagazine.com for more details and any last-minute parties.

June 2

Throughout! Houston’s GLBT History

The Heritage Society Museum Gallery presents an exhibit that explores the changes in visibility, public perception, and culture of LGBT Houston over the past half-century and beyond. Exhibition runs until September 19. heritagesociety.org

Pride Superstar: Round Five

Round five of the LGBT sing-off at Meteor. Free and open to the public. meteorhouston.com

June 5

Masquerade: HATCH Prom 2015

Every year the Hatch youth come up with their own theme for their annual prom. Don your favorite mask, feathers, and sequins and enjoy this LGBT rite of passage at The Montrose Center. hatchyouth.org

June 6

Galveston Gay Beach Weekend

Celebrating its fifth year, enjoy some fun in the sun with music, games, swimming, and more. BYOB and enjoy the summer weekend with water, sun, and all your friends. galveston.gaycities.com/events/516708-5th-annual-galveston-gay-beach-weekend-2015

Lesbian Health Initiative Spring 2015 Health Fair

Providing information about health insurance with the Affordable Care Act, as well as a limited number of no-cost mammograms, PAP/well person exams, heart and vascular risk assessments, and more at Legacy Community Health. lhihouston.org

Let Freedom Sing

Celebrating diversity and pride with a review of LGBT iconic songs and people including Elton John, Freddy Mercury, ABBA, Madonna, The Weather Girls, Harvey Milk, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. bcpahouston.org

June 7

Mr. Gay Pride Houston

Meteor hosts its annual competition to crown Mr. Gay Pride Houston for 2015. meteorhouston.com

June 9

Pride Superstar: Round Six

Round six of the LGBT sing-off at Meteor. Free and open to the public. meteorhouston.com

Repealing Anti-GLBT Ordinances

The Heritage Society Tea Room presents a discussion with Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye at 7 p.m. about the ordinances dating back to 1904 used to prohibit dressing in clothing of the opposite sex—the last of which was repealed in 1980. heritagesociety.org

June 11

Out for Work! Pride Career Workshop

The Montrose Center hosts a series of workshops leading up to the Pride Career Fair. Résumé workshop 4–6 p.m. montrosecenter.org

June 12

Rainbow on the Green: Derrick Barry returns as Britney Spears (pictured) and Lady Gaga. Photo: Dalton DeHart
Rainbow on the Green: Derrick Barry returns as Britney Spears (pictured) and Lady Gaga. Photo: Dalton DeHart

Fourth Annual Rainbow on the Green

Land Rover Houston Central’s Rainbow on the Green presented by Legacy Community Health Services returns to Discovery Green. Rainbow on the Green is a free night of fun with music, performances, and games. discoverygreen.com/rainbow

Out for Work! Pride Career Workshop

The Montrose Center hosts a series of workshops leading up to the Pride Career Fair. Interview workshop 4–6 p.m. montrosecenter.org

June 13

Beaumont Pride Parade & Festival

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will take to the streets for the second annual Beaumont Pride. Parade at 11:30 a.m.; Festival noon–10 p.m. beaumont-pride.org

June 14

Legends Show Pride Edition

A special edition of Meteor’s Legends show where the fierce and fabulous spectacle will be themed to show its pride. meteorhouston.com

June 15

Out for Work! Pride Career Workshop

The Montrose Center hosts a series of workshops leading up to the Pride Career Fair. Job Search 101 workshop 4–6 p.m. montrosecenter.org

June 16

Out for Work! Pride Career Workshop

The Montrose Center hosts a series of workshops leading up to the Pride Career Fair. Special Issues (e.g. ex-offender, disability, age discrimination) workshop 4–6 p.m. montrosecenter.org

Pride Superstar: Round Seven

Round five of the LGBT sing-off at South Beach, with special guest Alyssa Edwards. Free and open to the public. sobehouston.com

June 17

Out for Work! Pride Career Workshop

The Montrose Center hosts a series of workshops leading up to the Pride Career Fair. Stress and Coping in the Job Search workshop 4–6 p.m. montrosecenter.org

June 18

History Day Conference on the Civil Rights Movement

Lone Star College-Kingwood examines the civil rights movement for the third year. Topics include lynching, music, economics, and the Lawrence vs. Texas Supreme Court decision that decriminalized homosexuality nationwide. lonestar.edu

Out for Work! Pride Career Fair

Both a hiring event and career expo. Equal opportunity employers will be able to meet with and interview job seekers, accept applications, and/or hire on the spot. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at The Montrose Center. montrosecenter.org

Pre-Pride Alumni Mixer

Show your school spirit at the happy hour/mixer at El Tiempo hosted by LGBT alumni organizations at Rice University, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas. Alumni from all colleges and universities are welcome to attend. Event starts at 6 p.m. facebook.com/events/1579994435584663

June 20

Pride 2015 Kickoff at Hughes

Kick off Pride Week with DJ Tina, Dj Athenz, DJ Kimmy K, and Starlust Burlesque at Hughes Hangar from noon to 10 p.m. $5 at the door or free with an Eventbrite.com ticket. hugheshangar.com

Jaidynn Diore Fierce

Fresh off the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this Southern girl is going to bring down the house at South Beach. sobehouston.com

June 21

Salvation: A Pride Pool Party: Fun, sun, and little bathing suits...what more could you ask for? Photo: Dalton DeHart
Salvation: A Pride Pool Party: Fun, sun, and little bathing suits…what more could you ask for? Photo: Dalton DeHart

Salvation: A Pride Pool Party

Come wash away the sins of the past and ones yet to come at The Morty Rich Hostel starting at 1 p.m. See scantily clad men, daddies, boys, and ladies with an open bar and nibbles. A $25 donation benefits the festival. pridehouston.org

June 22

Dine with Pride

Change your Monday dining routine and support Pride Houston. Dine with Pride at Graffiti Kitchen and Bar, and a portion of your food bill will be donated to Pride Houston. Enjoy the pet-friendly patio with your friends and their little (or big) dog, too! pridehouston.org

June 23

Pride Superstar: Competition intensifies as these stars compete for the top spot at Meteor and South Beach. Photo: Dalton DeHart
Pride Superstar: Competition intensifies as these stars compete for the top spot at Meteor and South Beach. Photo: Dalton DeHart

Pride Superstar Finale

It’s the final round of the eight-week LGBT singing competition held at South Beach. It’s free and open to all. pridehouston.org

June 24

GLBT Supreme Court Decisions

The Heritage Society Tea Room presents a community seminar with Mitchell Katine at 7 p.m.. Katine will examine Supreme Court cases that have affected the LGBT community from the 1960s to today. heritagesociety.org

Eden: A Pride Girl Party

The third annual event dedicated to the women of Houston’s LGBT community supports the Lesbian Health Initiative. It may be a girl’s party, but they’ve opened the doors to anyone who wants to attend and support the event. pridehouston.org

June 25

Rock the Runway

Completely redesigned, Rock the Runway will feature Houston’s hottest models in this summer’s latest styles of swimwear, underwear, and everything else. Free and open to the public at Audi Central Houston. Must be 21+ to drink. pridehouston.org

June 26

LGBT Pride Shabbat

Keshet Houston and Congregation Beth Yeshurun welcome Shabbat and celebrate Jewish leadership in the LGBT equality movement. Service in the Freedman-Levitt Sanctuary, followed by dinner in Stein Hall. Just $20 (for adults, or $10 for full-time college students and children under 13) will get you a festive dinner. keshethouston.org

Wonderland Houston

Down the Rabbit Hole: And into a world of dreams at Wonderland Houston at South Beach. Photo: Dalton DeHart
Down the Rabbit Hole: And into a world of dreams at Wonderland Houston at South Beach. Photo: Dalton DeHart

Beat the heat at Winter Wonderland, presented by Wonderland Houston. Houston’s only circuit party transforms South Beach into a land of desire, mystery, and wonder. Proceeds benefit Bunnies on the Bayou. Check out pridehouston.org for tickets and details. wonderlandhouston.com

June 27

The 37th Houston LGBT Pride Festival and Pride Parade

This is it—the big event! Come join more than 425,000 to celebrate who we are. Now in downtown Houston, the festival begins at noon and the parade begins as the sun sets at 8:30 p.m. Parade marshals this year are Britt Kornmann, Ryan Levy, and Anna Eastman. pridehouston.org

Official Pride After Party

The party doesn’t end until the wee hours of Sunday morning at South Beach. The only event sanctioned by Pride Houston as an official after party. sobehouston.com

Bearracuda at Ripcord

Bearracuda and Ripcord have teamed up to throw an epic party after the parade. $5 gets you through the door and into the jungle with bears, cubs, otters, and other wildlife. ripcord.bar

June 28

Heroes Tea Dance

The parade may have ended, but the party goes on. F Bar hosts the official closing party of Houston Pride Week, starting Sunday at 5 p.m. pridehouston.org

Pride Weekend Foam Party

End the month of celebration with some good, clean fun at South Beach. sobehouston.com

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